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A 36.40 oz. Kellogg &
Humbert gold ingot that once resided in the shipwreck of the
S.S. Central America was the top-selling lot of our 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins
Signature Auction in New York. All prices include a 17.5
This ingot's sale price of $176,250 is, as might be expected, a
step up from the gold value of $623.77 imprinted into the top of
the piece. It is actually one of the smaller Kellogg & Humbert
ingots recovered from the S.S. Central America in 1988; the
largest weighed over 900 ounces.
A 1870-CC double eagle graded
AU details by ANACS sold for $164,500 in one of the infrequent
appearances by this key Carson City issue. Perhaps 45-50 examples
of this issue survive in all grades, making this the rarest issue
of the Carson City Mint's first year.
Only three examples of the 1855-S Branch Mint Proof half dollar
have been recorded. One is in the Smithsonian Institution, one
hasn't been seen for decades, leaving only one example available to
collectors. Graded PR65 by NGC, this
coin sold for $158,625 in New York.
Just a few of the other highlights of this auction included:
Our next auction will open for bidding very soon at HA.com/Coins.
- 1931 $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC
- 1920-S $10 MS60 NGC
- 1930-S $10 MS65 PCGS
- 1907 $20 High Relief, Flat
Rim MS66 NGC realized $64,625.
- 1873-CC $20 MS61 PCGS
- 1854 $3 PR63 Cameo PCGS
- 1854-D $3 AU58 NGC
- 1897 $20 PR64 Ultra Cameo
NGC realized $49,937.
- 1870-CC $10 XF45 NGC
- 1796 25C XF40 PCGS
Seldom Seen Selections: The finest known
proof 1845 quarter eagle
At least four gold proof sets were struck by the U.S. Mint in 1845,
though the reasons for striking and intended recipients are
unknown. With an 1845 proof quarter eagle in the Mint Cabinet
(later the National Numismatic Collection) and the piece we're
offering at the upcoming Mid-Winter ANA US Coins
Signature Auction in Atlanta on February 27-28 having been
discovered along with the other coins in a gold proof set in
England in the 1970s, there is appreciable evidence that at least
one of the sets was meant for a diplomatic visitor, though such
evidence is largely circumstantial.
Also unknown is the number of survivors. Based on the existence of
at least four proof 1845 eagles and the fact that two of the
three confirmed proof 1845 quarter eagles were found in
complete proof sets (the third being the Mint Cabinet/National
Numismatic Collection specimen), it follows that a fourth (or
possibly even fifth) proof 1845 quarter eagle might survive.
Garrett and Guth (Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins) and the
PCGS Population Report both list "4 or 5" survivors, and
indeed there are four certification events in the combined
certified population, though the pattern of certification events (a
PR67 Cameo and PR67 Ultra Cameo for NGC against a PR65 and PR65
Deep Cameo for PCGS) suggests crossover duplication.
The NGC-graded Proof 67 Ultra Cameo example in the upcoming
Mid-Winter ANA auction is a magnificently preserved specimen of
early (pre-1858) U.S. proof coinage, stunningly contrasted between
sharply struck, thickly frosted devices and gleaming fields that
shift between pale yellow and reflective "black" depending on the
angle to the light. This piece shows several pedigree markers
suggesting that it is the Trompeter coin: a small planchet flaw at
star 11 on the obverse rim, a similar planchet flake in the space
off the upper left (facing) corner of the eagle's shield on the
reverse, and the two small, straight lines under the second S in
STATES that preclude an even finer designation.
This coin will be
a prize for the specialist in quarter eagles or early proof
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The ten highest valued Shield nickels to sell in Heritage auctions,
one per issue:
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- 1867 5C Rays PR66 Cameo NGC.
- 1880 5C MS65 PCGS. CAC.
- 1866 5C Rays PR67 Cameo
PCGS. Realized $27,600.
- 1883/2 5C MS67 NGC. CAC.
- 1867 Rays MS66 Prooflike
Uncertified. Realized $21,450.
- 1877 5C PR67 Cameo PCGS.
- 1876 5C PR68 Ultra Cameo
NGC. Realized $18,400.
- 1879/8 5C PR68 PCGS.
- 1867 5C No Rays PR66 Cameo
PCGS. Realized $16,100.
- 1867 5C Rays MS67 NGC.
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Beatles-Signed Backdrop From Their
First The Ed Sullivan Show Appearance Emerges At Auction 50
A piece of the backdrop
from The Ed Sullivan Show, signed by the Beatles when they
played the program on Feb. 9, 1964 — the beginning of
Beatlemania and The British Invasion — adorned with individual
drawings from each member of the band and a note from John Lennon
reading, "The 'Beatles' were here 2/9/64", may bring more than
$800,000 when it crosses the block at Heritage Auctions on April
"There is no more important band in rock and roll than The Beatles
and there was no moment more important in solidifying their
worldwide popularity than the moment they played Ed Sullivan on
Feb. 9, 1964," said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director of Music
Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. "Now, almost 50 years to the day
since it was signed, this piece has emerged from private hands and
is looking to take its rightful place as the single-most important
piece of Beatles memorabilia in existence."
The piece, measures more than 48-inches long and 16-inches across,
features large, clear and clean signatures of each member of the
band signed on that most important of nights in early 1964, comes
out of the collection of voice over artist Andy Geller, one of the
most recognizable voices in all of television.
This band signed the piece vertically, with Ringo Starr signing on
top, George Harrison signing below him, with Paul McCartney (signed
as "Uncle Paul McCartney") and John Lennon on the bottom.
"Holy Grail is a term bandied about in memorabilia circles far too
much," said Shrum, "but in this case, it's hard to argue with the
designation. This thing really is the Holy Grail of Beatles
memorabilia. It's simply the best Beatles-signed piece there
The Heritage Auctions Entertainment & Music Auction will take
place on Saturday, April 26, at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 E.
79th Street (at 5th Ave).
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Entertainment & Music auctions.
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Earliest Superman Cover Art Known To Exist May Bring
$200,000+ At Heritage Auctions In New York
The earliest Superman cover art known to exist — Fred Guardineer's
thrilling visage of the Man of Steel from Action
Comics #15— may bring $200,000+ in Heritage Auctions'
Feb. 20-22 Vintage Comics Signature
Auction in New York. The rare work joins nearly 1,200
lots, including two Silver Age milestones: Amazing
Fantasy #15 — the first appearance of Spider-Man
— in 9.0 grade by CGC, and the original cover art
to Tales of Suspense #84 by Jack Kirby
and Frank Giacoia.
"Guardineer's cover is the earliest Superman cover art in
existence," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage. "It
is a blockbuster piece of early American comic art history and a
fitting companion to the landmark finds in this auction."
Fans who enjoyed the first offering of the Don/Maggie Thompson
Pedigree Collection still have a range of high-grade books to
choose from with a 9.4 grade CGC NM copy of Tales of
Suspense #39, the first appearance of Iron Man.
Surprise discoveries include the finest known copy of Amazing Man
Comics #5 (#1), 9.4 CGC Mile High Pedigree, a rare
and sought after issue that the Overstreet Price Guide classifies
as one of the Top 100 Golden Age books. Fewer than 10 copies of the
book exist and this is one of just two copies known in the best
condition ever recorded.
The selection of art includes Robert Crumb's original
drawings for a complete three-page story "Ducks Yas Yas"
from Zap Comix #0. Art from early
underground comics is seldom offered at auction and this rare set
shows Crumb's unmistakable style behind a Rapidograph mechanical
pen. Another important work, the original cover art by John
Buscema and George Roussos for The
Avengers #42, is just the second Avengers cover
Buscema ever drew.
The auction also features the Dino Mauricio Golden Age Classic
Cover Collection: 150 of the most collectible covers representing
important themes, iconic characters and rare images, such as
Superman#1 and Detective
Comics #31 to rarities like Great
Comics #3 with its "Hitler in Hell" cover.
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The numismatic market and prices are strong,
and it's time for you to profit from that strength. Last year's
Central States' auctions brought in $58 Million, the largest CSNS
event ever. The Central States organization and Heritage have
established an enduring tradition: attracting the best in
numismatic properties for auction, assembling an enthusiastic
audience, and then delivering superb prices realized. With your
consignment, we will continue to make history in 2014.
It's easy for you to be part of making history at another exciting
Central States. Call
Heritage today to include your important rare coins and currency in
this amazing event — the CSNS coin consignment deadline is March 10
and the currency deadline is March 3. Please call our Consignment
Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins) or ext. 1001
(Currency) to begin your pursuit of top prices.
2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin
Signature Auction - Schaumburg
Consignment Deadline: March 10, 2014
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